Obama now faces Congress over the deal with Iran

Susan Davis, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will move ahead with legislation that requires congressional approval of any Iran nuclear deal reached by President Obama, the committee's chairman, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., reiterated after the White House announced Thursday negotiators had reached a framework for a final deal.

"If a final agreement is reached, the American people, through their elected representatives, must have the opportunity to weigh in to ensure the deal truly can eliminate the threat of Iran's nuclear program and hold the regime accountable," Corker said in a statement.

"Rather than bypass Congress and head straight to the U.N. Security Council as planned, the administration first should seek the input of the American people."

Corker said the committee will move forward with an April 14 vote on his legislation asserting congressional authority over any Iran deal. The legislation would require a final plan be submitted to Congress for a 60-day review period before sanctions on Iran could be waived or suspended by the president.

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